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BGW's Proposals for Summer Events (SURVEY)

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I am only speaking for myself, of course, but cheesy, low budget events keep me away from the park.

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Post: #17
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The Oktoberfest idea is exactly what Bier Fest should be and the Virginia Water and International Fest could be rolled in to Food and Wine. Carnaval did sound neat although I agree it shouldn't be necessary. No American themes ever again! !
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(11/04/17 11:27pm)Nicole Wrote:  I am only speaking for myself, of course, but cheesy, low budget events keep me away from the park.

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Why can't the park just bring back Summer Nights? It seems to be doing pretty well in Tampa, and it isn't as intrusive as something like Illuminights or Star Spangled Nights. Just have a few bars set up with specialty food/alcohol, a few DJ areas for dancing, and then hold concerts every weekend.

Either that or I wouldn't mind BGW bringing back Bud & BBQ again.

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Post: #20
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Summer Nights has to be the worst summer event at BGW. No theme at all except for Coke and top pop music, both which were extremely in your face and horrid.

Remember BGTs events vary greatly from BGWs. I'm certain BGTs version of Summer Nights is done way better than anything BGW has tried so far.
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Post: #21
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Aside from the invasive Coke advertisements (specifically that god-awful one on the path next to Griffon) I didn't have any issue with Summer Nights. I honestly preferred it to the other attempts the park has made as of late.

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(11/09/17 03:44am)VonDerrick Wrote:  [...]Remember BGTs events vary greatly from BGWs. I'm certain BGTs version of Summer Nights is done way better than anything BGW has tried so far.

From past experience, I would say Tampa's Summer event is better. Until this year, all they had was a nightly showing of Kinetix (now gone), followed by fireworks, along with a few DJ booths.

This year, Tampa followed a similar formula to Williamsburg. BGT has far more blank space than BGW, which they used to their advantage to create non-intrusive F&W-style kiosks. Unlike F&W at BGT, the kiosks for Summer Nights were huge, as they included live entertainment spaces for each culture portrayed.

Due to the lack of ambiguously-themed areas at Williamsburg, they couldn't do that as easily. In Tampa, the remaining themed areas stay mostly the same. You can even ride Cobra's Curse without having the ambiance compromised. That's especially great for a ride that is 90% ambiance.

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(11/08/17 10:14pm)netdvn Wrote:  Why can't the park just bring back Summer Nights? It seems to be doing pretty well in Tampa, and it isn't as intrusive as something like Illuminights or Star Spangled Nights. Just have a few bars set up with specialty food/alcohol, a few DJ areas for dancing, and then hold concerts every weekend.

I absolutely hated the pop music that came with the event, especially the Top 20's crap playing all day in the Wild Reserve.

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Post: #24
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For what it is worth, I found Tampa’s Summer Nights to be really unpleasant. My clearest memories are of mobs of children blocking paths during a hoopla hoop competition, and people singing painfully off-key during Kinetix. Oh, and the pre-show cheerleaders were terrifying.

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100% would like to see the concerts return! (As long as their are some good acts) - this year Switchfoot was great. Would love to see more rock/alternative rock/classic rock bands.
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I'd be happy if they just stayed open as late as they used to many years ago.  Maybe an evening event is exactly the vector to achieve that.

If the park had an evening performance in each hamlet that was as impressive yet intimate a spectacle as Giardino Magico was ~5 years ago in Italy, then I think BGW could have a winner.  

Maybe couple the hamlet-specific performances with Nightscape style environments along pathways and down by the Rhine.   Lots of people would stay for that.

As much as I like fireworks, you can see them in a great many places -- often for free.  And sightlines in multiple areas of the park were far from perfect.

At least stick the Statue of Liberty in France... what did it have to do with Italy?   Still stuck on that.

An evening event at BGW should be accessible and beautiful.  Doesn't have to cost the park a fortune.
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